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Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics


A stepping stone

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics will upgrade your skills in statistics. It is also useful if you do not have a statistics background and would like to join the industry.

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 2 year(s) part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (GradDipApplStat) is a great stepping stone if you have a qualification in another area, but wish to learn more about statistics. Or you wish to progress to study a statistics degree.

This qualification will give you an understanding and skills in the application of statistical methods, rather than an understanding of the underlying theory.

Science of evidence

Statistics is the science of evidence. It allows us to quantify risk. It also allows us to make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What advertisements should my website display in order to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea?

Learn from the experts

Your lecturers in the graduate diploma are experts in their field, leading international statistical research.

Friendly environment, passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We have large active student groups where we work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

A multi-disciplinary environment

When you study statistics at Massey, you’ll benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment. You’ll also benefit from a world-leading science faculty with expertise in all the fundamental sciences.

There are no formal research requirements other than those required for assignments or individual courses. The aim of the graduate diploma is to encourage students to take advantage of ongoing and regularly updated learning packages throughout their life.

Careers and further study


This qualification, with further study, can help you move into a career in statistics. Or it can help assist you to move up the hierarchy of your current career. ‘Big Data’ has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for those who are talented in working with figures. Statistics skills can be applied in almost any industry.

Some key industries include:

  • business: economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics
  • physical sciences: astronomy, chemistry, physics
  • health and medicine: genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology
  • government: census, law, national defence
  • environment: agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations.

The extra quantitative skills that you get from the statistics qualification can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics you will

  • have been awarded or qualified for a university degree, and
  • have passed approved 100 level courses in Mathematics and Statistics (one of 160.101, 160.102, 160.103, 160.105, 160.111, 160.112, 160.131, 160.132, 160.133, 228.171; and one of 161.111, 161.122, 161.101, 161.140, or their equivalents).

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Massey University English language requirements

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

From the Schedule to the Graduate Diploma including:

Schedule A courses

Schedule B and C courses, including not more than 30 credits from Schedule C


Ensure that overall, you also have:

  • No more than 45 credits at 200 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Schedule A

Course selection

15 credits
161220 Data Analysis 15
161250 Data Analysis for Biologists 15

Course selection

15 credits
161221 Applied Linear Models 15
161251 Regression Modelling 15

Course selection

15 credits
161222 Design and Analysis of Experiments 15
161223 Introduction to Data Mining 15
233214 GIS and Spatial Statistics 15

Schedule B

161303 Probability and Random Processes 15
161304 Advanced Statistical Modelling 15
161305 Statistical Inference 15
161306 Advanced Data Analysis 15
161312 Statistical Machine Learning 15
161321 Sampling and Experimental Design 15
161322 Design and Analysis of Surveys and Experiments 15
161323 Multivariate Analysis 15
161324 Data Mining 15
161325 Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement 15
161327 Generalised Linear Models 15
161331 Biostatistics 15
161342 Forecasting and Time Series 15
161390 Special Topic 15

Schedule C

161380 Statistical Analysis Project 15
161382 Statistical Analysis Project 30

Planning your programme

Planning overview

In order to study courses in Schedule C you must have successfully completed at least 30 credits from Schedule B courses, and have achieved at least a B+ grade average over all courses previously completed towards the Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics, in addition to meeting the pre-requisites for the selected course.

If you complete the Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics to a high standard, it may be awarded with distinction.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • have an undergraduate degree in an unrelated area
  • have some mathematical ability and would like to investigate statistics to move up the hierarchy of your career
  • would like a qualification without a research component.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Statistics and Operational Research

Massey University is ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) as one of the top 200 universities for statistics and operational research.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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